Sexism in Hollywood is a hot topic right now, but Kate Winslet would really prefer not to talk about it. Actually, the subject seems to make her downright squirmy.
Winslet, in a recent conversation with the BBC's Newsbeat, had a very different take on everything from sexism in the movies to the industry's pay gap, which was reignited last month when Jennifer Lawrence wrote a scathing essay on the subject.
"I'm having such a problem with these conversations," Winslet said. "I understand why they are coming up, but maybe it's a British thing. I don't like talking about money. It's a bit vulgar, isn't it?"
Admitting that money talk makes her squirm was the closest Kate got to addressing Lawrence's essay -- she demurred when it came to saying anything about other actresses' comments, describing it as "dangerous" to do so -- but she did reluctantly go on record to say that gendered discrimination hasn't been an issue for her, personally.
"Honestly no," she said, when asked directly. "And if I'd ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it. I find all this quite uncomfortable. I haven't ever felt that I've really had to stick up for myself just because I'm a woman."
Of course, Kate isn't claiming to represent anyone's experiences but her own, and plenty of other women have gone on record about having brushed up against sexism in the industry. And considering the actress' history of fighting fiercely on behalf of feminist issues like unrealistic beauty standards -- to the point of including a "no retouching" clause in her modeling contracts -- it's probably safe to assume that she would speak up if she'd experienced unfair treatment.
But when a central theme of Jennifer Lawrence's essay was that she didn't push harder for equal pay out of a desire to not be seen as bratty, Kate Winslet's straightforward philosophy on sexism suggests that she agrees with Lawrence on a key point.
Namely: Trying to find the "adorable" way to take care of business is a waste of time.